Bold Notion is a study in transformation.
Conceived as a series, Bold Notion embraces and embodies the dynamic nature of CORE:—our space, our community, and our culture—and the artists who inspire us. Modern, playful, and inventive, Bold Notion redefines the club experience.
Born in Seattle, Washington, Cleon Peterson currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Peterson’s narratives of hostility and aggression mirror the harsh reality of modern times in contemporary society. His dystopian scenes evoke Thomas Hobbes’ description of life as war between individuals: “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” Duality is found within Peterson’s paintings, balanced between his monochromatic color palette and his vivid narratives of the clash between power and submission.
Jason Revok is an internationally recognized studio artist who specializes in mixed media. Having first earned acclaim after a twenty-year career spent as one of the most preeminent graffiti writers. He later identified the need to challenge himself in a studio setting by distancing himself from his notable past. “For me, going in the studio was about destroying my ego,” he says of his transition. Although he grew up and earned his artistic moniker in and around Los Angeles, the city of Detroit figured prominently into his evolution as a studio artist after his graffiti exploits forced him into temporary exile. After spending 2011-2013 in Detroit, he has now returned to Los Angeles to continue to build upon a body of work that has been notably shown at the MOCA - in both Los Angeles and Detroit - as well as at museums abroad.
ROGER GASTMAN, CURATOR
Roger Gastman is a collector, curator, graffiti historian and urban anthropologist. He started writing graffiti as a teenager in Bethesda, Maryland, and later parlayed his love for it into a legitimate career, becoming a trusted mediator between the underground art scenes and mainstream culture. He founded and co-published Swindle magazine as well as many highly sought- after art books. As the founder and creative director of RRE, he has transformed graffiti and street artists into internationally recognized stars.
Gastman has been involved in critically acclaimed documentaries: Infamy, Banksy’s Exit Through the Gift Shop (which earned an Academy Award nomination for best documentary), The Legend of COOL “DISCO” DAN, and the upcoming WALL WRITERS. He co-authored The History of American Graffiti, co-curated the groundbreaking MoCA Los Angeles’ Art in the Streets exhibit, and curated PUMP ME UP: D.C. subculture of the 1980s at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Gastman remains a maverick in brand consulting and works tirelessly to cement art and graffiti into the contemporary landscape.